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The 2014 GP2 champion, Jolyon Palmer, has been confirmed as the Lotus F1 Team’s third driver for the upcoming season.
The 24-year-old will take part in a number of free practice sessions throughout the year and will of course be available to step-up and drive the car during qualifying and the races if needs be.
The Brit dominated the GP2 series last year by securing 12 podium finishes, four of which were race wins.
With the Lotus team switching to Mercedes engines this season, the team could be about to see a huge change in fortune after a dismal 2014 campaign.
With this in mind, I believe that this could turn out to be a great move for the young Brit.
Having dominated GP2 in the way that he did, it would have been a shame not to have seen him rewarded by being handed a move up to F1.
Sure, a race seat would have been nice but when you have the Red Bull programme to compete with, along with foreign drivers having big sponsorship deals, getting a seat on the grid can be difficult for a Brit.
Should Pastor Maldonado or Romain Grosjean have a difficult year in 2015, Palmer could easily find himself on the grid for the 2016 season.
Lets face it… that’s good news for everybody involved in British Motorsport.